Many people think about hot dogs at the ballpark, but for Andrea Scullin, Tuesday night at Fenway Park was about lasagna. Scullin was recognized for her work with the charitable organization Lasagna Love.
“It was very surreal,” she said.
Lasagna Love is an international movement that promotes people cooking and delivering meals (lasagna) to families in their communities. It started at the beginning of Covid.
“We were still heavy in the pandemic and a lot of us were feeling we wanted to help,” said Scullin. “I saw on Facebook a friend joined a group and was making lasagnas and delivering them. I thought, I can do that, too.”
Since late 2020, she has been the organization’s regional director.
Getting involved came naturally for Scullin, who admits she is passionate about helping others. She works as a family partner at The Edinburg Center, a Bedford-based nonprofit that provides support services to people with mental health conditions, developmental disabilities and brain injuries.
“I have family members who have struggled with mental health, and I use my own personal experience to help people,” said Scullin.
She joined the organization three years ago and recognizes that she is making a difference. “I enjoy evolving in my role and impacting so many families that are navigating challenges. I like being able to help in my small way.”
She is helping in a big way. Her involvement with Lasagna Love helped her further assist the people served by The Edinburg Center.
“In the beginning, our group homes would have to go in quarantine if someone had Covid, so we would bring lasagnas [to the staff],” said Scullin.
Now, those staffers at the Edinburg Center are also getting involved in the tasty mission. “We have a couple of team-building activities between children and adults to make and deliver lasagnas,” said Scullin.
Scullin’s determination to make a difference is what brought her before tens of thousands of fans at Fenway. Over the past three years, she has helped volunteers in Massachusetts deliver 25,000 lasagnas to feed more than 100,000 people. The program’s reach in the Bay State was second among states in the nation only to California.
Asked about the response the program has received over the years, she said, “It’s been magical.”
This story was submitted by the Edinburg Center.